Police need to probe case of missing five

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A JOINT PNG-Indonesian investigation team needs to question five surviving Indonesians and three Papua New Guineans for the alleged disappearance of five Indonesians along the PNG-Indonesian border, Weam border police station commander Trophy Baworo says.
Baworo said a police auxiliary officer and two females were with the PNG Defence Force solders when they encountered 10 Indonesian fishermen 5km inside PNG territory.
“Also the five surviving Indonesians who had reported the incident to Indonesian police in Merauke (Indonesian border town) one week after the incident, need to be questioned,” he said.
“Why did they not report that urgent incident upon their arrival? And also, how come the five missing Indonesians were non-West Papuans and the survivors who reported the incidents were West Papuans?”
The Indonesians were reported missing on Feb 6, 2014, after they encountered PNGDF soldiers at Kara point in Western province. They were among 10 fishermen on their way to buy sea cucumber in Kadawa village near Daru town in PNG. Their boat was set on fire and they were forced to swim ashore. Only five made it back to Merauke.
Baworo, who has served along that area since 1980 and has strong network with Indonesian border police, said that some of the surviving Indonesians were wanted by both Indonesian military and police.
“They had a pistol and K150,000 in cash when PNGDF soldiers caught them. Both the pistol and cash are missing,” he said.
“PNG authorities need to question that auxiliary officer who was operating the dinghy owned by the PNGDF soldiers and the two girls,” he said.
“The girls were in Daru and hitched a ride on the dinghy back to their village along the border when that incident happened.”

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